Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series

Great universities are characterized by the many contributions they make to the societies they serve. At UC Davis, those include a regular influx of outstanding thinkers and leaders from a variety of disciplines who will challenge us to see the world in new and creative ways.

We started the Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series in 2009-2010 to stimulate and engage our campus in constructive conversations about how best to serve a rapidly changing world searching for solutions to complex problems. Sometimes uncomfortable, always thought-provoking, our Colloquium events have been a tremendous source of enrichment to the intellectual life of our campus.  

Now, as we continue to reshape UC Davis as the University of the 21st Century, please join me in welcoming another outstanding and diverse group of scholars to our campus.  As in past Colloquium seasons, these innovative leaders are sure to inspire us to dig more deeply into who we are and find new ways to take advantage of the many opportunities that exist to elevate both our campus community and the world.

These events are free and open to the public.

Upcoming series:


Martin Karplus (5.12.16)

"Motion: A Hallmark of Life. From Marsupials to Molecules"

Martin Karplus is the Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, at Harvard University. Born in Vienna, Austria, he received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College in 1950 and his Ph.D. from Caltech in 1953. His primary research interests have involved developing and employing theoretical methods for increasing our understanding of chemical and biological problems.  His contributions have been instrumental in the transformation of theory from a specialized field to a central part of modern chemistry and more recently of structural biology. In 2013, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems. Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 4 p.m., Vanderhoef Studio Theatre at Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis.

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